Turn Your Greeting Cards into Beautiful Handmade Giftboxes
It's creeping up on us, that time of year when after christmas we are left with loads and loads of christmas cards, people have sent to us. Or even birthday cards, if you have your birthday in December. Well, last christmas i thought, there must be something i can do with all these used christmas cards. I hated the idea of throwing them away. They had such beautiful designs on them and it seems like such a waist of card and Insult to the designer, to just throw them in the bin. I also like to be green when i can and i'm all for saving the enviroment with recycling and what not. So, i thought, what can i do to perserve those lovely card design, transform them and recycle them at the same time. As cards are typically square-ish in shape, I thought that they would make lovely gift boxes. The different size cards, make different size gift boxes. They are perfect for putting jewellery inside, such as drop earrings, rings, bangles and necklaces. Also if you have coloured tissue paper and a handheld shredder, you can put it through the shredder and then you have a padding for your box, so you can place the jewellery on top of it. As these boxes are handmade they would also be great to take to craft fairs, to sell seperately or you could put some of your own handmade jewellery in them an sell them both together. They are also great to give as gifts to friends and family with your handmade jewellery in. If you have the small sticky squares you could decoupage the front of some of the boxes to give them a 3D raised effect.
All you need to do is cut the card on the centre fold and use the front design as the lid part or mix the card designs, you could use one card front as the bottom from another card design.
You will need a pair of scissors, some strong clue and the most important part is a good bone folder/scorer tool, to get the folds perfectly crisp. You can get some good templates from google if you type in box templates. Pick the template that best suits your card size, or shape of box that you want, then print it off and draw around it onto your greeting card. score and fold the sides according to your template and glue them all together, untill your box starts to form shape. Finally shred some coloured tissue paper of your choice and place the piece of jewellery inside that you are giving as a gift.
Here are some i have made using birthday cards, valentines days cards and christmas cards, i hope it gives you some ideas for making your own. :-)